#NYBudget Responses

Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s #NYBudget Environmental Proposals

Peter M. Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York said, “Governor Cuomo’s budget acknowledges that it’s a new day in New York with thoughtful proposals on environmental priorities like water infrastructure, congestion pricing, and climate. The Governor must also recognize that his partners, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, have been leading on these issues for years and are eager to get to work.

With all three state leaders expressing their strong commitment to the environment, there are finally no more obstacles and no more excuses—the time for New York to take its place as an environmental leader is now.”

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Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s #NYBudget Congestion Pricing Proposal

Conor Bambrick, air and energy director for Environmental Advocates of New York said,“Car, truck, and bus exhaust makes people sick and is New York’s largest source of climate pollution. Congestion pricing addresses these problems by taking more tailpipes off the road and helping fix New York’s mass transit. We applaud Governor Cuomo for including a congestion pricing plan in his budget and encourage him to work with the Assembly and Senate in making congestion pricing a reality in New York.”

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Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s #NYBudget Water Infrastructure Proposal

Rob Hayes, clean water associate for Environmental Advocates of New York said, “Governor Cuomo’s budget recognizes that water infrastructure funding is good for our environment, good for jobs, and good for communities. The $2.5 billion in new funding announced today will be a major boost to communities struggling to protect their drinking water from corroding water mains, crumbling wastewater plants, and lead water lines. We applaud the Governor’s proposal, and look forward to working with the state Senate and Assembly to secure this funding in the SFY 2019-20 State Budget.”

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